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ignotum per ignotius

Definitions

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  • noun An attempt to explain something obscure in terms of something else which is even more obscure.
  • noun logic A type of fallacious argument in which one attempts to prove something unknown by relying upon an assumption that is also unknown.

Etymologies

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Latin for the unknown by the more unknown.

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  • Lat. "the unknown through the more unknown": "the action of offering an explanation that is harder to understand than the thing it is meant to explain" (Oxford American Dictionaries).

    December 19, 2007

  • I know people like this.

    December 19, 2007

  • I am one of those people!

    December 22, 2007

  • Obscurum per obscurius is very similar: "the unclear by means of the more unclear" (rather than 'unknown').

    September 3, 2008

  • I used this idiom right now. I was talking about the species problem with my lifemate, and this is our conclusion.

    September 3, 2008